in Buffalo Bayou
9:00 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013
Kids | Family
A city-wide tradition of the holiday season returns to Houston. On Thursday, November 28, 2013, at 9 a.m., the 64th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade presented by H-E-B will take place in downtown Houston. Parade Grand Marshal -- Tommy Tune!This year's tribute celebrates Houston on Parade with a stellar showcase of the city's finest - from fashion, food and heroes to culture, sports and talent adding vibrant life to this treasured tradition - throughout 20 blocks of downtown Houston.Houston Mayor Annise Parker along with stars from the arts, entertainment, food and philanthropic community will be in attendance. New floats and towering inflatables will rule the streets with Santa Claus, the TUTS Elf, Houston Ballet, Ronald McDonald, marching bands and more!Gates open at 7:00am; Parade starts 9:00am in downtown Houston. Easy access parking is available along the route. Metro buses will be running on holiday schedule.To ensure a full-access parade route, the 64th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade presented by H-E-B, will be free and open to the public. Bleacher and specialty seating will not be available but there will be plenty of curbside space along the route for lawn chairs and blankets. The 64th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade is produced by the Mayor's Office of Special Events, Susan Christian, Director.Houston’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949, when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley's. That led to a 44-year tradition – the Foley's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In later years, Bank United and Washington Mutual each claimed the title sponsorship. In 2006, H-E-B was named the new title sponsor of the parade.